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40th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1956 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

Frenchman Beats Hometown Hero

Hometown hero Alfred 'Fred' De Bruyne, who had just won Milan-San Remo, desperately wanted a Tour of Flanders win. De Bruyne rode brilliantly in a solo breakaway most of the day. He came into the finishing circuits with a small and dwindling lead. Rik Van Steenbergen pulled the field onto De Bruyne's wheel. Taking full advantage of the Belgian's work Frenchman Jean Forestier jumped hard and won the sprint ahead of Stan Ockers for the Flanders victory.

Flanders April 2, 1956
238 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Jean FORESTIER (Fra) 6h09'00"

2. Stan Ockers (Bel)

3. Leon Van Daele (Bel)

Starters: 122
Finishers: 37
Average Speed: 38.702 km/h

RVV 1955

RVV 1957

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